Poison ivy, oak and sumac are not the only plants that can cause
miserable rashes. Here are three commonly found plants that cause
misery for many people.
The first two, Wood Nettle and
Stinging Nettle, are commonly used as herbal remedies. The root is
used for joint ailments, as a diuretic and as an astringent. The
top portion of the plant is used to treat UTI's, kidney stones and
as irrigation therapy. Both can cause a miserable rash though!
Wood Nettle can have purple or green leaves, with hairs that
stick straight up and out. These hairs are stingers that penetrate
the skin and can cause itchy, reddish welts. It is found at the
bottom of streams, rivers and forests.
Stinging Nettle, like Wood Nettle, also has stinging hairs, but
is found close to mountains and within forests and has salmon
colored flowers that are shaped like hearts. The hairs on Stinging
Nettle are known to cause itching, inflammation and pain.
The key to identifying a Wood Nettle vs a Stinging Nettle is in
the leaf pattern. Wood Nettle leaves alternate along the stem,
whereas Stinging Nettle leaves are placed opposite one another, as
The third plant that commonly causes rashes is Ragweed. Most
people are familiar with respiratory reactions to Ragweed, but it
can also cause a painful, itchy rash comprised of small bumps and
blisters. Ragweed is commonly found in rural areas and open spaces
with plenty of sunlight.
Like poison ivy and oak, topical anti-itch treatments may offer
some relief, and if your rash is severe always consult a medical